Looking for good English IPAs in Seattle

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by draheim, May 1, 2012.

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  1. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    The Best IPAs thread got me thinking, when we talk about IPAs on here it's basically assumed that we're talking about American IPAs. Then I started wondering, what are the most representative English IPAs that are available in my area, so I can really get an idea about the difference? Checked this list and this list, I'm not really sure which of these are available locally.

    Can anyone point me to an English IPA that is considered a "classic," representative of the style (if such a thing exists)? Basically I'm looking for the English IPA equivalent to a SNPA for the American pale ale.

  2. FosterJM

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,602) Nov 16, 2009 California
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    If you checked that list. You have the answer.

    Samuel Smiths.

  3. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (2,998) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Print the second list and go shopping to find what is available to you.
  4. EgadBananas

    EgadBananas Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2009 Louisiana

    Mr. Foster has summed it up. 3rd highest rated, and is available practically anywhere and everywhere.
  5. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,241) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    thornbridge Jauipur is good if available in the NW
  6. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,083) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    That's on the 3rd most rated list.
  7. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,083) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I was checking the Northwest Liquid Gold website to see if they carried anything for you but I see that they no longer ship beer. :slight_frown:
  8. EgadBananas

    EgadBananas Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2009 Louisiana

    Oops! Serves me right for being too lazy to spend an extra couple of seconds reading what list it even was lol
  9. John_M

    John_M Moderator (5,509) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Thornbridge Jaipur is probably my favorite English IPA. That being said, I think this beer is fairly atypical for an English IPA. The alcohol is a bit on the high side (relatively speaking), and the beer is hoppier then most English style IPA's (all this would tend to explain why I like it so much).

    I'll go with everyone else and recommend the Samuel Smith IPA as the classic representation of the style.
  10. jpbebeau

    jpbebeau Disciple (341) Sep 11, 2011 Washington
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    Think it's tap only, but Foggy Noggin beers are all English-style, and I've had their Diablo De Sol at their "taphouse."

    I can't really compare it to anything else, though...
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